Zeke Thomas Fights Through Aftermath Of Being Raped In Music Video For “Dealin’ With It”

"I want to give the voiceless a voice."

DJ and producer Zeke Thomas is working through the trauma of being violently sexually assaulted last year in his new EDM-inspired track, “Dealin’ With It.”

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The openly gay musician, the son of basketball star Isiah Thomas, was raped by a man he met on Grindr in February of 2016, and the assault left him unable to cope for months, eventually leading to him abusing drugs and alcohol.

The 29-year-old eventually went to therapy and returned to making music before deciding to go public with his trauma in a revealing interview with New York magazine.

“My ass was destroyed. Destroyed. I’m bleeding,” Thomas told the publication. “And I’m just like — terrified. I can’t move. I didn’t move from my apartment for two days. I didn’t move. I didn’t talk to anybody. I froze.”

Thomas was then interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, and a clip from the segment is now the opening to the music video for his new song, which features his vocals for the first time.

After the opening clip, the video takes a look at the DJ’s downward spiral after the assault as he learns to pick up the pieces and heal.
 

 

Earlier this year, Thomas became the first male ambassador for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in support of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Thomas announced that he will donate all proceeds from his new single to NSVRC and GLAAD, and hopes to help erase some of the stigma for male victims of sexual assault.

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